Friday, August 7, 2015

God's Names

The names of God in Scripture are very encouraging. Throughout the OT and NT we find a wide variety of ways in which we can experience him. Starting  with God Almighty in (Gen. 17:1), we continue with a Consuming fire in Deuteronomy 4 and my Salvation in Exodus. Job calls him “My Friend and my Advocate.” The Psalmists cover a lot of territory with, “My Strong Deliverer, my Rock, Strong Tower, our Guide, our Help and Hope, my Confidence, Defender of Widows, God who avenges me, God who saves me and my hiding place, My Redeemer and Stronghold, Refuge and Strength.”
Isaiah 9 brings the familiar Christmas verses of the great light in the darkness, the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace, a Sure Foundation and Immanuel, God with us.  He is our Comforter in Sorrow and Most High in Jeremiah. In the Minor Prophets, Hosea calls him the Holy One among you and in Daniel he is the Son of Man and the Ancient of Days. Zechariah calls him the BRANCH, my Companion and my Servant the Shepherd.

Throughout the New Testament where the incarnate God is Jesus Christ there are more names, but only one that is above all names. Matthew calls him, The Lord of the Harvest, Son of Man and Son of David. The Gospel of Mark calls him the Good Teacher and The King of the Jews. John calls him the true Light, the Word, the Lamb of God, the Son of God, Messiah, the Gate, the Bread of Life, Light of the World,  the Way, the Truth and the Life, I AM, the Good Shepherd, the Corner Stone, I am the Resurrection and the Life, the True Vine, Vinedresser, the Helper, Counselor, Advocate, the Holy One.

The Epistles present God as our Peace, the King of Kings, God of all Comfort, Lord of Lords, Mediator, great High Priest, Most High God, the Chief Cornerstone, and Savior.  And in Revelation, Alpha and Omega, First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, the Root of David, the Bright and Morning Star.

We know that God in three persons, the Trinity, is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.  He is Sovereign and God is love. He invites us to join him on our journey through life to eternal life in his presence as we trust in him. Our purpose, the chief end of man, is to know and enjoy him as the Westminster Confession tells us.

I must add by that God the Holy Spirit and third person of the Trinity is active throughout all of Scripture and our lives. God speaks to us through his Holy Spirit his will for us. We find this through prayer, his living Word, other godly people he uses, along with circumstances. Respond, adjust your way, submit and obey as soon as you hear from God. Have you told him you need him, and trust him as your Lord and Savior?  That is how we start the journey, and there is no better time than now!

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